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A Wild Swan and other tales Michael Cunningham is the author of The Hours, a book inspired by Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was later adapted into a successful movie I have never read the book nor seen the film, though I really enjoyed the musical score by Philip Glass, which might be his finest work for film you can listen to it here I don t think you will be disappointed A Wild Swan is his first collection of short stories, and one which I approached with certain interest and curiosity it is a collection of fairy tales told anew A surprising subject for someone who has been writing mostly realistic fiction, I was very interested me how the author would approach hi subject and in the end can t help but be disappointedThis is a slim collection less than 150 pages long and yet includes 11 stories, complete with black and white illustrations by Yuko Shimuzu Cunningham takes classic stories such as Snow White, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast and Jack and the Bean Stalk, and tells them again in his own way in a different setting, or from another perspective Fairytale retellings are nothing new, but they are something entirely new for this particular author and it shows Aside for two exceptions, I found none of these new stories to be either particularly impressive or memorable they read like exercises in writing, a way for the autho Cunningham presents some new spins on beloved classics with this short collection of retellings, updates and continuations of folk and fairy tales for adults.There s some fun and provocative stuff here crazy cat ladies who build gingerbread houses, ne er do wells and their beanstalks, closet necrophiliacs who wake sleeping princesses Most are worthy of three stars, with a few fivers scattered about I truly A Poisoned Apple And A Monkey S Paw With The Power To Change Fate A Girl Whose Extraordinarily Long Hair Causes Catastrophe A Man With One Human Arm And One Swan S Wing And A House Deep In The Forest, Constructed Of Gumdrops And Gingerbread, Vanilla Frosting And Boiled Sugar In A Wild Swan And Other Tales, The People And The Talismans Of Lands Far, Far Away The Mythic Figures Of Our Childhoods And The Source Of So Much Of Our Wonder Are Transformed By Michael Cunningham Into Stories Of Sublime Revelation Here Are The Moments That Our Fairy Tales Forgot Or Deliberately Concealed The Years After A Spell Is Broken, The Rapturous Instant Of A Miracle Unexpectedly Realized, Or The Fate Of A Prince Only Half Cured Of A Curse The Beast Stands Ahead Of You In Line At The Convenience Store, Buying Smokes And A Slim Jim, His Devouring Smile Aimed At The Cashier A Malformed Little Man With A Knack For Minor Acts Of Wizardry Goes To Disastrous Lengths To Procure A Child A Loutish And Lazy Jack Prefers Living In His Mother S Basement To Getting A Job, Until The Day He Trades A Cow For A Handful Of Magic Beans Reimagined By One Of The Most Gifted Storytellers Of His Generation, Our Bedtime Stories Been This Dark, This Perverse, Or This True.Program Contains Music Composed Specifically For The Audiobook By Billy Hough And His Bandmates In GarageDogs Billy Hough Says The Original Piece A Wild Swan Was Written As A Gift To Michael, Due To My Incredibly Strong Reaction To Hearing These Beautiful Stories For The First Time I Enlisted The Brilliant Lili Taylor To Alternate The Stories With Me, And Wrote A Series Of Short Pieces Of Music, For Their Eventual Inclusion On This Album I Wanted To Use The Music To Illustrate The Tension Between The Ancient And The Modern, Much In The Same Way Michael Has Done In The Stories Themselves. J.K Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Jim Henson, Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, Guillermo del Toro , Doctor Who , retellings 10 , Michael Cunningham , A Wild Swan And Other Tales original , 11 PopCode , Yuko Shimizu ,.A Wild Swan EDIT PopCode Lentamente il principe si volta offrendole un sorriso lascivo e bestiale un sorriso predatore e famelico Nonostante l avvenenza, qualcosa nel suo volto non quadra Gli occhi restano selvatici La bocca sembra ancora adatta a squarciare la gola di un cervo Potrebbe quasi essere il fratello pi giovane e pi bello molto pi bello della bestia, come se i genitori avessero dato alla luce prima un bambino deforme e poi uno stupendo, perfettamente proporzionatoDevo fare due preamboli.1 Il primo molto breve consiste in un unica affermazione cos come credo nel valore delle riletture altrettanto sono convinta del merito delle riscritture.2 Il secondo riguarda la mia modalit di lettura Dopo aver strigliato una delle mie figlie che aveva l abitudine di leggere due o tre libri per volta oramai qualche anno che ho, invece, scoperto di sbagliarmi alla grande Cos come ognuno hai suoi ritmi del sonno o di altro anche la lettura va liberata da standard impositivi Dunque, per farla breve, oggi Dopo le dovute ritratta I d rate this 3.5 stars.The idea of putting twists on the fairy tales we know and love isn t a new one Many books have given these familiar tales a modern spin, a macabre tone, even made them politically correct, as the originals were decidedly not In A Wild Swan and Other Tales , Michael Cunningham, one of my favorite authors, tries to humanize the tales a bit, modernizing them, and imbuing many with emotion and character development than the originals offered He looks at some familiar tales Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and others I wasn t familiar with All in all, it s an interesting exercise, one which I think had mixed results.As I ve said many a time before, if a story hits me emotionally without making me feel manipulated, it definitely resonates The stories I liked best in this collection either moved or amused me, sometimes both My favorites included Jacked, in which Jack of beanstalk fame is a lazy man child whose encounters with the giant provokes intriguing feelings in the giant s wife Little Man, an amusing and moving take on Rumpels I spotted this slim book while browsing the new shelves of the library one evening I feel drawn to retellings of fairy tales, though so many end up disappointing me Because I enjoy Cunningham s writing, I didn t think twice about checking out this book.I wasn t excited about any of the stories until I got to the seventh out of eleven , the story titled Little Man Rumpelstiltskin , easily my favorite, which has a perfect reason to use second person narration With it, Cunningham does one of the things I feel a retelling should do i.e., get inside the head of a character we haven t heard from before Its ending, one fairly long paragraph, was so exquisite, drawing our attention to how someone like him in real life could turn into the person he has become, that I read it several times The next story, Steadfast Tin , is another that used a twisting of the genre effectively, bringing the story into relevance to a modern day couple, while cleverly filling in the reader who might not be familiar with the HC Andersen tale of The Steadfast Tin Soldier The story after that, Beasts , frustrated me with its standard retelling of Beauty and the Beast , until I arrived at the ending and the reason for it all became clear I had been as seduced as Beauty was.I should also mention A Monkey s Paw , a very good story I ve just never be This is one of the most enjoyable collection of short stories I ve read since Angela Carter s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories If anything, the characters here where written with impact and depth Carter is a master at ambiance, but Cunningham ma Not the usual type of book I read but am willing to try anything written by this author To my surprise I enjoyed it very much Taking many of our beloved fairytale and giving them a very inventive modern twist was pure entertainment Many were extremely amusing, so very clever But while Cunningham s wit and originalit Fairy tale retellings are one of my things, so I had to pick this up when I came across it on the library shelf I haven t read anything else by this Pulitzer Prize winning author, so I can t compare this to his other writings.The stories collected here are very consistent in feel throughout Each takes a fairy tale or other well known tale , and injects it with a dash of the modern day without wholly removing its classic elements , and twists the story a bit in order to accentuate the ironic, and perhaps make a bitter comment on humanity There aren t a lot of happy endings to be found here.Dis Enchant.This very brief piece on the theme of ordinary people being resentful and jealous of the extraordinary sets the tone of the book very well If you like this piece, I d recommend continuing If you don t the book might not be for you.A Wild SwanBased on The Wild Swans happens as it did in the Andersen tale the brothers transformed, the sister who works to rescue them from the curse But the author focuses on what happened to the one brother who was left with a swan s wing transposing him in his trauma from the fantasy castle to a contemporary setting of bars full of alcoholic, depressed victims of curses.Crazy Old LadyBased on Hansel and GretelThe woman who focused on sex and good times while all her friends were getting married and settling down always dreamed of being a Mrs Robinson style cougar in her later years To her dismay, as she ages, she realized the boys just

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